Photographer Daniele Tamagni has created a must have book: Gentlemen of Bacongo. The book is an amazing document about Le Sape.
Le Sape is a movement in West-Africa in which men (and a few women) dress in flamboyant designer and handmade suits and other luxury items. Le Sape short for Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes, or the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People. A club we all would like to be part of, don’t we? Le Sape combines French styles from their colonial roots and the individual’s style (which is where the flamboyancy comes in). Le Sapeurs, as these African dandies are called, wear pink suits and D&G belts while living in the slums of this coastal African region.
Through this book Tamagni has created a great insight into this fascinating world of extremes. These guys take a love for fashion to the next level, as this quote illustrates: “A Congolese sapeur is a happy man even if he does not eat, because wearing proper clothes feeds the soul and gives pleasure to the body.”
As I said, a must have! Gentlemen of Bacongo is available through Amazon for $39,99.